Alumni

Volunteering opportunities

Our Careers and Employability Service, academic departments, and corporate service units provide a wide breadth of volunteering opportunities. These range from strategic positions on our boards and committees, sharing of expertise at our Careers Futures events and assisting at community gatherings such as the Alumni Big Weekend.


Please see below for the latest alumni and supporter volunteer opportunities at the University of South Wales.

Help mark the culmination of studies on one or more of these most special of days. Opportunities are varied and include supporting activity at the 'graduate hub' or potentially stewarding one or more of the graduation ceremonies.

Location: Treforest, Pontypridd Campus

Date: Tuesday 9th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Time requirement:  Suggested minimum 3 hour slot.

Preparation requirement: A full briefing sheet from the Alumni Relations Team (or graduation team if involved with ceremonies) would be provided to ensure you have the latest happenings from the alumni community, plus a run down of logistics for the day.

When to apply?: Applications rolling throughout the year ahead of our summer & winter ceremonies. Email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Return to campus and provide inspiring insight into your occupation and path since completing research studies. Sit as part of panel to help inspire our current research scholars as they make all important choices about their future career.

Location: South Wales, Pontypridd [Treforest] Campus

Date: Wednesday 4 September [NEW DATE!]

Time requirement:  Panel requirement would be around 2 hours of time. The Broadening Horizons event is anticipated to be an afternoon event starting with lunch. Participants are welcome to stay throughout.

Requirements: A willingness to share your professional journey and provide reflections on how to avoid or capitalise on key milestone moments

When to apply?: Before end of day Wednesday 31 July 2019 - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Open to graduate volunteers who would be available and happy to connect face-to-face with current Interior Design students and provide mentor guidance to students making steps out into the professional world.

Location: Start of term orientation event in Cardiff [Faculty led] then, as mentor relationship develops

Date: Rolling from start of start of academic term 2019-20, onwards

Time requirement:  As mutually agreed within mentor relationship. Typically a couple of hours per week

Requirements: South Wales/Borders based since the requirement is for face-to-face meetings

When to apply?: Before end of day Monday 2 September 2019 - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Return to campus and provide inspiring insight into your Engineering-related occupation and organisation. With opportunities to join alumni panels or perhaps take to the stage as keynote speaker, we're seeking informative and engaging people to help inspire our current students as they make all important choices about their future career.

Location: South Wales, Pontypridd [Treforest] Campus

Date: October 2019 [tbc]

Time requirement:  Panel requirement would be around 2 hours of time. If you become a keynote, we appreciate that additional time would be required to prepare

Requirements: A willingness to share your professional journey and provide reflections on how to avoid or capitalise on key milestone moments

When to apply?: Before end of day Monday 2 September 2019 - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Return to campus and provide inspiring insight into your Biology-related occupation and organisation. With opportunities to join alumni panels or perhaps take to the stage as keynote speaker, we're seeking informative and engaging people to help inspire our current students as they make all important choices about their future career.

Location: South Wales, Pontypridd [Glyntaff] Campus

Date: October 2019 [tbc]

Time requirement:  Panel requirement would be around 2 hours of time. If you become a keynote, we appreciate that additional time would be required to prepare

Requirements: A willingness to share your professional journey and provide reflections on how to avoid or capitalise on key milestone moments

When to apply?: Before end of day Monday 2 September 2019 - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Return to campus and provide inspiring insight into your Business-related occupation and organisation. With opportunities to join alumni panels or perhaps take to the stage as keynote speaker, we're seeking informative and engaging people to help inspire our current students as they make all important choices about their future career.

Location: South Wales, Pontypridd [Treforest] Campus

Date: November 2019 [tbc]

Time requirement:  Panel requirement would be around 2 hours of time. If you become a keynote, we appreciate that additional time would be required to prepare

Requirements: A willingness to share your professional journey and provide reflections on how to avoid or capitalise on key milestone moments

When to apply?: Before end of day Monday 2 September 2019 - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Return to campus and provide inspiring insight into your Science-related occupation and organisation. With opportunities to join alumni panels or perhaps take to the stage as keynote speaker, we're seeking informative and engaging people to help inspire our current students as they make all important choices about their future career.

Location: South Wales, Pontypridd [Treforest] Campus

Date: November 2019 [tbc]

Time requirement:  Panel requirement would be around 2 hours of time. If you become a keynote, we appreciate that additional time would be required to prepare

Requirements: A willingness to share your professional journey and provide reflections on how to avoid or capitalise on key milestone moments

When to apply?: Before end of day Monday 2 September 2019 - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Help us locate and reconnect with our former Students' Union Presidents and Executive Officers. Drawing on your communications and marketing skills help us compile profiles and generate an interest around attending the very first USW SU reunion.

Location: Treforest campus, CF37 1DL

Date: Rolling

Time requirement:  Minimum 2 hours and as your availability may be.

When to apply?: Open now - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

Help support the University in maintaining a truly global network and become a named international contact. You would help to develop an alumni community in your country or region by acting as point of contact for fellow alumni, current and potential students, as well as visiting staff. Country Contacts can organise local activities and events to bring alumni together.

Location: Worldwide

Date: rolling

Time requirement:  Various and related to what you wish to deliver in-country

Requirements: To be featured on the alumni webpages as a named contact in your country. To act as a point of contact and most of all have a passion and interest to bring USW/UoG/UWN graduates together to have fun!

When to apply?: At any time - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

More a speculative shout out than active project at this stage, we're seeking interested people to join our team to help us navigate the materials of the University archive. You could be exploring historic registration documents, photos, magazines and much more! We're looking to digitise some of our materials to enable us to share more widely with the alumni network. Duties could include making inventories, viewing historic footage, scanning and filing. 

Location: Treforest campus, Pontypridd

Date: rolling

Time requirement:  Various and anticipate no less than 2 hours per visit

Requirements: Volunteer with high attention to detail and an inquisitive nature. Competent with Microsoft Office.

When to apply?: At any time - email supportus@southwales.ac.uk

How else might you volunteer?


Supporting student recruitment

As a graduate working in business, you or your company may be in a position to offer internships or work placements for our current students or graduating classes. Accessing USW talent has never been easier. 


Inspiring the next generation

You my be interested in getting involved in our career talks or becoming a guest speaker at our Alumni Big Weekend. Your insights and experience can mean the world to those looking for direction in their future choices.


Share your story

We're proud of our alumni and the impact they make on the world. By volunteering a career profile you can illustrate the impact of a USW education and help inspire current students - alumni of the future. 


Offering advice

As an alumni mentor you can help guide our students and fellow graduates as they navigate the challenges of university and start making plans for their future career. Register your interest today ahead of the future launch of this new mentor initiative.


Giving guidance

As a graduate or potential graduate recruiter you may be well placed to guide our current students to successful outcomes - whether helping them with the CV, signposting them to relevant networks or preparing them for interviews. If you'd like to help support our current students in this way please get in touch.


Organising events and reunions

Many graduates enjoy class reunion - whether returning to South Wales or meeting up with classmates in their local region. As a reunion coordinator you provide a central point of contact for your peer group and the Alumni Office.  A great way to reconnect with familiar faces! 


Contributing to governance issues

As a graduate of at least 5 years since graduation, you might be interest in volunteering your time as a Trustee for the Students' Union. Opportunities occur annually. 


Future opportunities

We're always keen to work with our alumni volunteers and we look to engage our supporters on a number of levels.  Future initiatives may include those listed below.  Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

  • Supporting the growth of our alumni groups overseas
  • Helping us develop and share our photo archive
  • Participating in alumni governance initiatives